Thursday, July 4th, 2013

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad
Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad

Edward Bess Cosmic Bliss Prismette Eyeshadow Quad ($68.00 for 0.25 oz.) contains four eyeshadows in a “smooth, long-wearing formula” with textures that range from “soft matte to high pearl.” The palette was really nice in terms of quality, but it could have used more contrast, depending on your skin tone. I think fairer complexions may notice the subtleties between each shade more so than medium and darker skin tones. For example, on my medium complexion, it definitely runs together and loses something.  I wore all shades, and they lasted eight hours well and were a little faded before the ninth hour.

Cosmic Bliss #1 is a light-medium beige with warm, caramel undertones and a matte finish. It looked a lot lighter in the pan than it did swatched. It had a soft, buttery texture and had great color payoff. NARS Biarritz is lighter. MAC Call Me Bubbles is lighter, more shimmery. MAC Grain is more shimmery. MAC Bisque is lighter. Chanel Beige Lame is warmer, darker, more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #2 is a warm, golden-shimmered, medium-dark brown with a frosted sheen. The texture was a bit drier compared to the first shade, and the resulting color payoff was good but not as easy to blend out. MAC Bronze is darker. MAC Woodwinked is warmer. MAC Soba is darker. Dior Golden Savannah #1 is less shimmery. Benefit Thanks a Latte is more metallic. bareMinerals Cognac is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #3 is a medium-dark, warm-toned taupe with a frosted shimmer. It had good color payoff, and the texture was really soft and smooth. Urban Decay Stray Dog is darker. Urban Decay Lost is much darker. Urban Decay Midnight Rodeo is cooler-toned. Urban Decay Rehab is a cream product. Chanel Topkapi #2 is similar. Chanel Raffinement #1 is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Cosmic Bliss #4 is a medium-dark bronze brown with a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation and a soft, buttery texture so it applied smoothly and evenly. Bobbi Brown Bronze is less warm-toned. Urban Decay Deeper is slightly darker. Maybelline Bad to the Bronze is browner. MAC Buckwheat is redder. Dior Fairy Golds #5 is less shimmery, darker. Inglot #421 is warmer. See comparison swatches.

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The quality is nice, but the colors run together a bit when applied, so it really depends on how you intend to use the palette and if you really like the idea of something with a very gradual gradient when used together. I felt like it could have used a little more contrast between the shades.

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette
Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette

Chanel Delicatesse Ombres Fleuries Eyeshadow Palette ($60.00 for 0.14 oz.) has finishes that “range from matte to satin to shimmer,” with a “smudge-proof formula [that] can be applied dry for subtle shading, or dampened for more intense colour, all with long-wearing results.”  Overall, it’s a good palette with an interesting mix of colors and textures.  When trying it out, the green shade wasn’t as smooth or as easy to use as the other three shades, as it had an almost sparkly finish that made it less inclined to smooth out and bind together.  I didn’t encounter this issue with the other shades, though, and they applied more smoothly and were easier to blend.  I wore all four shades together, and the green one was very slightly creased after eight hours, while the rest held up without creasing and had only minor fading after nine hours of wear.

Delicatesse #1 is a neutral, light-medium gray-green with a frosted, metallic finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer, and applied damp, it is more opaque and has a stronger metallic sheen. Chanel Jade Shore is greener, warmer. MAC Lady Grey is darker, less shimmery. Lancome Enduring Vert is lighter. Chanel Riviere is slightly lighter less frosted. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #2 is a pale white with a green sheen. It had mostly opaque color payoff when applied dry and then took on a more metallic sheen with opaque color payoff when applied damp. MAC Zestful is greener. Lancome Fashion Forward is paler. Chanel Promesse #4 is similar. Sugarpill Lumi is bluer. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #3 is a warm, pink-coral with a soft, pearly sheen. Applied dry, it still had good color but was softer overall. Applied damp, it’s smoother and brighter. Chanel Pink Lagoon is darker. Urban Decay Scratch is darker. MAC Pink Frontier is similar. Chanel Rose de Mai is less shimmery. bareMinerals Page Six is more shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Delicatesse #4 is a warm-toned, medium-dark plum. Applied dry or damp, the color payoff was pretty good, and the texture was soft, smooth, and lightly frosted. I really didn’t see much of a difference between the two applications. Disney Master is cooler-toned. MAC Festive Delight is less shimmery. MAC Brazenly is bolder. See comparison swatches.

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Overall, it's a good palette with an interesting mix of colors and textures. The green shade was the only one I had any big issues with, but even that was more minor than it was major.

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Monday, June 24th, 2013

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette
Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette

Disney x Sephora Part of Your World Eyeshadow Palette ($30.00 for 4 x 0.049 oz.) consists of four eyeshadows and is a limited edition palette available as part of the Disney and Sephora collaboration for The Little Mermaid (featuring Ariel). It comes in an off-white plastic palette with a scene from the movie (at least, presumably, it’s been awhile since I’ve seen it!) on the cover in shades of blue to violet. Inside, there’s a full-sized mirror and two dual-ended brushes.

Who’s-It is described as a “glittering white.” It’s a semi-sheer, shimmery white with neutral-to-warm undertones. I wouldn’t describe it as glittery; perhaps sparkly but the shimmer seems finer than sparkle. I didn’t have any issues with fall out from this shade. There’s no shortage of shimmery white eyeshadows on the market, but a few of the closer dupes I found were: Disney Ball Gown, which was a touch cooler; MAC How to Marry, which is slightly more pigmented; and NARS Flowers 1 #1, which is cooler-toned. See comparison swatches (there are also several more similar shades that I pulled out).

What’s-It is described as a “matte clay grey.” It’s a soft, muted gray with a hint of brown and lavender. It had a matte finish, and it had good color payoff. The texture was soft without being powdery, and it was incredibly easy to apply and blend out on the skin. NARS Self Portrait 2 #3 is grayer, darker. MAC Parlor Smoke is darker. MAC Creative Whim is purpler. MAC Silver Gull is darker. MAC Silverwear is more shimmery. MAC Look at the Eyes is purpler. See comparison swatches.

Dinglehopper is described as an “iridescent light teal.” It is a semi-sheer, medium-dark green with a pearly sheen. It was a little dry, and I wasn’t able to really build up the color to true-to-pan intensity/color. Chanel Metamorphose #1 is cooler-toned. NARS Delphes #3 is warmer. MAC Lady Grey is less green. MAC Sweet & Sour #2 is more shimmery. Giorgio Armani Green Jacquard #2 is similar, slightly cooler-toned. See comparison swatches.

Snarfblat is described as a “violet with iridescent glitter.” It’s a medium-dark purple with cool undertones and subtle shimmer, plus a few bits and bobs of silver glitter. The glitter seemed to flake away rather quickly, and I really didn’t see it on the lid, or even underneath my lid during application or later on as I wore the eyeshadow (so if you wanted glitter, it really wasn’t present, and if you were nervous about it having glitter, rest easy). It had so-so color payoff but was a bit weak; it can be layered for slightly more intense payoff. Disney Sea Witch is more pigmented. MAC Warm & Smoky is similar. MAC Pink Union #2 is brighter. MAC Drawn to Drama is similar. MAC Dusty Desire is also similar. L’Oreal Perpetual Purple is darker. See comparison swatches.

Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette.  At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I’d still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.  I didn’t encounter fall out issues, despite two shades being described as glittery, and the eyeshadows lasted well for eight hours but there were signs of fading and then subtle creasing after nine hours of wear.  There is no specific release date yet, but it is expected sometime June or July online.

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Overall, the four-pan palette is decent but not as impressive as the larger Storylook palette. At the price point, if you were just looking to collect a single piece from the collection, I'd still opt for the mirror, and if you had more room in your budget, the Storylook palette.

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

Wet 'n' Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette
Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette

Wet ‘n’ Wild Newport Nights Photo Op Eyeshadow Palette ($4.99 for 0.19 oz.) consists of five different shades of eyeshadow. It’s new for summer and is part of a limited edition launch from Wet ‘n’ Wild. I bought all of the original Centerstage Photo Op palettes when they released several months ago (and they seem to be all permanent now), and I didn’t have good luck then. Initially, when I swatched Newport Nights, I had more hope, as they were all more pigmented and a lot softer than the ones I had tried previously.

Unfortunately, these are powdery across the board, and during application, these would blend away into oblivion, so it was difficult to pack on the color–even over a primer. The center and bottom right shades performed the best and were visible on the lid, but the other three shades all ran together once applied. The wear without a primer is very, very dismal–faded within four hours (a far cry from “intensely-pigmented shadows” with “crease-resistant color that lasts all day”). With a primer, wear was better, but the application was still troublesome with the colors really needing a tacky, stark white base to perform decently. I’m always bummed when this happens, because Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Color Icon eyeshadow trios and palettes are so much better than these, so I don’t know why these aren’t better.

Newport Nights #1 is a pale, neutral beige with a mostly matte finish. It was slightly powdery, so it did look a bit chalky against my skin tone (on fairer complexions, it should be fine). It had decent color payoff. Since it is a basic shade, there are many similar shades, but here are a few I pulled out: Disney Ali Ababwa is darker. Urban Decay Broken is slightly satiny. theBalm Adagio is very similar. Urban Decay Kinky is lighter. Urban Decay Walk of Shame is similar. Urban Decay Foxy is warmer. MAC Vanilla is slightly satiny. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #2 is a warm, pinky-peach with a satiny finish–just a little shimmer and sheen. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat powdery. theBalm Third Eye Blinded is warmer. Urban Decay Snatch has glitter. MAC Dynamic Duo 1 #1 is similar. MAC Orb is lighter. Chanel Intuition #1 is warmer. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #3 is a copper-shimmered, medium brown with warm, yellow-y undertones and a sparkling finish. This had a slightly gritty texture from the loose sparkle that seemed to sit on top of the actual eyeshadow color. Disney Bazaar is darker. Urban Decay beware is less shimmery. theBalm Allegro is less shimmery. Bobbi Brown Tiger’s Eye is more shimmery. NARS Isolde is more coppery. MAC On to Watch is less brown. Burberry Pale Nude #1 is less shimmery, darker. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #4 is a light-medium pink with a satin shimmer and subtle, cool undertones. The pigmentation was so-so to decent, but it was slightly powdery. MAC Rose is darker. NARS Douce Franceh #2 is also darker. MAC Miss Piggy Pink is cooler-toned. See more comparisons.

Newport Nights #5 is a meidum orange with warm, sunny undertones and a pearly sheen. It was slightly powdery but had good color payoff. MAC Chessa is more shimmery. Illamasqua Vulgar is brighter, darker, less shimmery. Chanel Pearl River #4 is similar, slightly brighter. Chanel Tigerlily is slightly warmer. OCC Mimosa is more shimmery. Burberry Dark Spice #4 is darker, less warm-toned. Inglot #368 is lighter. See more comparisons.

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I'm always bummed when this happens, because Wet 'n' Wild's Color Icon eyeshadow trios and palettes are so much better than these, so I don't know why these aren't better.

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Smokeluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frosty pink white, deep bronze, carbon black, deep grey and platinum.” #2 was the sparkliest shade, so it was the only one that seemed like it might be prone to fall out. I’ve been wearing this palette together for just over four hours, and there’s very little sparkle underneath my eye thus far, so hopefully there’s not too much more between now and the eight-hour mark. Based on my experience with the wear of these eyeshadows to this point, I expect the others to wear without creasing and might show some signs of fading after nine hours or so. The texture of this palette was slightly less silky compared to the others.

Smokeluxe #1 is a subtly warmed-up, pale beige with a pearly sheen. It’s a bit dry, so the payoff was about the same both wet and dry–semi-sheer to semi-opaque at best. Brownluxe #1 and Greenluxe #1 both have very similar beige shades in them. Urban Decay Broken is lighter, less shimmery. theBalm Promiscuous Pearl is similar. Urban Decay Skimp is warmer. MAC Dew is similar. MAC Sahara Dust is similar. MAC Preferred Blonde is more shimmery. MAC Shroom is less warm-toned. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #2 is a dirty olive brown with hints of green and then flashes of taupe. It was a very interesting color, and it was one that I swatched three times while getting everything together, because it never looks the same. It also swatches darker than it looks in the pan. Greenluxe #4 is darker. theBalm Lead Zeppelin is greener, lighter. Giorgio Armani #14 is warmer. Giorgio Armani #24 is less shimmery. bareMinerals Speaker Box is warmer, lighter. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #3 is a warm, brownish-plum with a frosted finish. Applied dry, it was semi-sheer, and applied wet, it was mostly opaque and appeared slightly darker. Disney Rococo is darker. Disney Chateau is warmer. theBalm Blink 1982 is similar. Urban Decay Roach is darker.
MAC Star Violet is warmer, redder. MAC Prettified is lighter, less warm-toned. Guerlain Turandot #4 is darker. Chanel Harmonie du Soir #2 is lighter. bareMinerals Euphoria is warmer. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #4 is a medium-dark gray with a light silver shimmer. It was semi-sheer applied dry and mostly opaque applied wet–a little drier than other shades. theBalm Matt McDonald is cooler-toned. Chanel Gris Exquis is more neutral, less shimmery. See comparison swatches.

Smokeluxe #5 is a deep, dark black with a satin finish. It is a softer black applied dry, but it is quite dark and rich when applied with a damp brush. Sugarpill Bulletproof is matte. Urban Decay Blackout is matte. Milani Pitch Black is similar. Illamasqua Zeitgeist is similar. See comparison swatches.

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Though the sparkly shades are really pretty, they do result in fall out, which is an annoyance. I'd recommend using a tacky or adhesive base to keep it in place. Most shades need to be used damp to get decent color payoff and apply the color evenly.

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC Pinkluxe Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($40.00 for 0.14 oz.) is described as shades of “frost white pink, bright frosty pink, deep violet, blackened purple with purple pearl and blackened plum.”  The first two shades seem too similar to have included both in this particular palette–if they had been really cool and really warm-toned, rather than closer to the middle, it would have worked better.  #1, 2, and 4 were sparkly enough to have some fall out issues.  I’ve only been wearing this palette for three hours now, but there is some minor fall out currently (and based on the wear of the other four palettes, I would expect moderate fall out after eight hours but no creasing).  #4 was also hard to apply with even, opaque coverage, even though I used it damp.

Pinkluxe #1 is a light-medium pink with a high-shine, frosted finish. It has subtle cool undertones (almost looks neutral to warm against my warmer complexion). It had mostly opaque color payoff both wet and dry, but applied wet, it was smoother and less loose. Pinkluxe #2 is just warm-toned, but it’s also a light-medium pink. Urban Decay SWF is less shimmery. MAC Heartless is lighter, less shimmery. MAC Cheryl Chic is less shimmery. MAC Love Power is a cream product. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #2 is a light-medium pink with warm undertones and a frosted, sparkling finish. Applied dry, it’s semi-sheer and less smooth, while it is more intense and smoother when applied wet. Pinkluxe #1 is cooler-toned. Urban Decay SWF is cooler, lighter. MAC Cheryl Chic is less shimmery. MAC Love Power is lighter, a cream product. MAC Rose Light is a smidgen warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #3 is a medium-dark, pink-plum with a frosted, slightly metallic finish. It had softer, semi-opaque color payoff applied dry, which was intensified to mostly opaque color when applied wet. Urban Decay Last Call is darker. MAC Pink Union #1 is also darker, less warm-toned. MAC Neo Nebula is similar. MAC Swish is pinker. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #4 is a blackened purple with purple sparkle and shimmer. Applied dry, it was very sheer and stiff, with the sparkle sliding off of the underlying color. Applied wet, it was smoother and held together better but was still a bit dry and uneven in application. theBalm All the Way Annie is lighter (no blackened base). NARS High Society #3 has a lot less shimmer and is lighter. MAC Young Punk is slightly warmer. See comparison swatches.

Pinkluxe #5 is a deep, dark purple with subtle brown undertones and a satiny sheen. It looks a bit dry and uneven when applied dry, but it is very smooth and intense when applied wet. NARS Arabian Nights #1 is darker. Giorgio Armani #3 is more shimmery, lighter. Estee Lauder Cyber Lilac is lighter. See comparison swatches.

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This palette was decent to good, depending on the shade. The sparkly shades tended to have sheerer, grittier color payoff and fall out both during application and wear--I applied all the shades damp to minimize fall out during application but did see fall out continue with the sparkly texture during wear.

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